Africa’s remarkable growth trajectory is projected to remain above 5 per cent in 2014 with West Africa the fastest growing sub-region, representing the continent’s largest business opportunity.
Such momentum is a welcome and necessary boon to a region whose youthful population offers the prospects of a significant demographic dividend fuelled by growth in consumer industries, manufacturing and business process outsourcing.
Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation – with over 160 million inhabitants – already plays a crucial role in advancing the continent’s growth; yet it is also emblematic of the challenges of converting natural wealth into solutions that address persistent social challenges.
As the foremost gathering on the continent, the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens.
The World economic forum on Africa with the theme “Forging inclusive growth, creating jobs” will be held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 7th to 9th of May, 2014.
– Accelerating Society’s Transformation
– Deepening Investment Partnerships
– Redesigning Growth Models
– Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, USA
– Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, HEINEKEN, Netherlands
– Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria
– Bineta Diop, Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, African Union; President, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Switzerland
– Jabu A. Mabuza, Chairman, Telkom Group, South Africa Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India
– John Rice, Vice-Chairman, GE, Hong Kong SAR
For the schedule of programmes, please check the full list of daily events on World Economic Forum on Africa 2014. Please note, many of these sessions are webcast live and appear in the programme listing below. Programme is subject to change at any time.